The 2016 NFL draft is rapidly approaching, with about three months remaining until the start of what is a life-changing event for hundreds of players. The draft process is now ramping up, as the all-star game circuit culminates with the Senior Bowl this coming week. As of this time, evaluators are going back to research seniors, early entrants and small school-prospects for the 2016 class.
Inevitably, some players slip through the cracks and become late-round gems. These under-the-radar NFL prospects may see their stock rise when more information comes available, but sometimes their skill set is simply underrated. We’ve found 10 prospects who are projected to be Day 3 picks by CBS Sports but deserve to go much higher.
As the combine arrives and pro days pass, the 10 players we’ve identified are potentially major risers. An eye-popping individual performance can force people back to the tape or even try to find tape for small-school prospects. Even if this group doesn’t see their stocks skyrocket, don’t be surprised if these players become quality NFL players in the next few years.
Cayleb Jones, WR, Arizona